Monday, January 20, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 1-20-14

Originally hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?

I'm the guest poster on Nerdy Book Club today.  Go check out my post:
Top 10 Things Picture Books Taught Me

Last week I reviewed:
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I finished reading:

Going Over by Beth Kephart
It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure from SMITH Magazine

Picture books I enjoyed last week:

The House That Crack Built by Clark Taylor, illustrated by Jan Thompson Dicks
Definitely not a typical picture book. Much more appropriate for middle school or high school students.

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
 Beautiful history and tribute to the song that is most well-known for the fight for Civil Rights.  

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline 
So much good mentor text material with this story, not to mention the stunning illustrations.  I put this one on my Caldecott contenders list.

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
What a fun look at Mexican lucha libre through the eyes of a little niño. 

Currently reading:

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Currently (still) listening:

In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood

Last week I also posted:
Laurie Halse Anderson visits Michigan

Current giveaway:
Disney tote bag and Despicable Me 2 minion bookmark


  1. The Matchbox Diary and Niño Wrestles the World are picture books I want to read. Ransom Riggs was in town last week and I was bummed I didn't get to see him!

  2. Ooohh loved Endangered, powerful novel...

  3. Love Matchbox and Niño! Thanks for pointing out We Shall Overcome - that looks like one I need read. Happy Monday!

  4. I brought Threatened home from NCTE/ALAN, and my daughter immediately stole it from my suitcase. If it's anywhere near as good as Endangered, I'll be a happy girl.

  5. The Matchbox Diary is on my Caldecott watch list, too! I look forward to reading Endangered.

  6. i loved The Matchbox Diary, too. The House That Crack Built looks so interesting - perhaps for our social issues genre study.

  7. Oooo - so many good books to read. I need to put Endangered on my list and I am excited to look at the other picture books.

    I loved your post over at Nerdy Book Club today! and do agree. Picture books are great. Thanks for posting.

  8. I need to get Endangered. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read it yet!
    How are you liking the audio of In the Age of Love and Chocolate?

    1. Jen, the audio is SO GOOD! I love this series!

  9. I loved Endangered, and now need to find Threatened when it comes out. Hope it's good. I agree about The Matchbox Diary-so much possibility there for wonderful projects. Thanks for sharing so much, Beth.

  10. Endangered was such a powerful book. I hope you are enjoying it. I love Nino!

  11. I enjoyed reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place--very Lemony Snicket-esque, I thought. Is the audiobook as fun?

  12. I enjoyed reading the first book of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. Very Lemony Snicket-esque, I thought. Is the audiobook as fun?

  13. I LOVE Matchbox Diary - it's a perfect book to introduce the concept of "making connections" to memories and your "life story". I appreciate titles of picture books that can be used with older students so will check out The House that Crack Built. I do not know about Endangered but am now fascinated! My son was totally FREAKED out by the pictures in the first Mrs. Pedigree and made me take the book out of the house! So likely will need to read the second installment in my car! Thanks for the great recommendations, Beth!

  14. Going Over and The Six-Word Memoirs look like an interesting read. And I'd like to get a copy of The Incorrigible Children! Thanks for sharing these titles!

  15. I really liked Endangered -- I read it through the Cybils last year.